Gainsborough: The Pink Boy Conserved

A new display celebrates the return of Thomas Gainsborough’s ‘The Pink Boy’ (1782), one of Waddesdon’s most popular paintings.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

See Gainsborough's 'The Pink Boy' as you've never seen him before, this special display will reveal it anew, freed from a discoloured varnish, alongside three other Waddesdon Gainsboroughs that depict boys in so-called ‘Van Dyck’ dress.

Gainsborough revered Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641)—the leading painter at Charles I’s court—considering him the supreme exponent of British portraiture, against whose measure contemporaries judged him. Gainsborough’s boys in ‘Vandyke’ dress—each of differing age and social class and painted for different purposes—play with the fluid relationship between clothing and identity.

The Pink Boy is a more youthful counterpart of the famous Blue Boy (on exceptional loan to The National Gallery, London until 15 May 2022 from the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California) and, like him, wearing an 18th-century fancy-dress version of 17th-century clothes.

‘The Pink Boy’ is as much a showpiece of Gainsborough’s skill, demonstrating his relationship to the art of the past as well as his modernity, as it is a portrait of the sitter, who is probably Master Francis Nicholls. It acquired its nickname in the 19th-century, in the wake of The Blue Boy’s fame.

On display Wed-Sun, 11am-4pm, until 30 October. Free with House & Grounds admission. Find out more: https://waddesdon.org.uk/whats-on/gainsborough-pink-boy/

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Prices

Grounds - 6 Jan - 30 Oct 2022
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £13.20
Child N/A £6.60
House & Grounds - 23 Mar - 30 Oct 2022
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £25.20
Child N/A £12.60

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

Grounds open Wed-Sun, 10am-5pm. House open Wed-Sun, 10am-4pm. 

Safety is our priority, please respect other visitors space and the latest Government guidance. Book here

Please note Waddesdon is exempt from the Member Guest Promotion 2021/22.

The basics

Booking details
Free with House & Grounds admission.
Meeting point
The display is in the Red Ante Room in the House.

Contact Info

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Bookings
Email
enquiries@waddesdon.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01296 820414

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